How to Make Egg Replacer with Chia Seeds

Mark your calendar – this Wednesday, September 11th, at 5pm PT, I’ll be participating in a live Google+ Hangout all about chia seeds. Bob’s Red Mill is hosting a series of Hangouts about their ancient Grains of Discovery, and for this one we’ll be chatting all about chia and answering all of your questions about these awesome little seeds.

I’ve been eating chia seeds for a while, but I usually just pop them into my breakfast smoothie. There are tons of ways to use chia seeds and I’m finally trying them all out, something I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

Besides being nutrition powerhouses, the best thing about chia seeds is how they expand in liquid. I’ve used them to make no-cook jam without pectin and healthy dairy-free pudding, but after I heard you can use them to replace eggs in baking, I knew that was something I had to try out. The first time I tried was a major flop – don’t try to replace eggs when they’re a major ingredient (it was 3 eggs to a mini loaf of quick bread).

When you only replace an egg or 2, it works like magic. Tune in on Wednesday to see how I used this egg replacer to make some amazing vegan coconut banana bread AND enter to win your own set of Grains of Discovery!

It’s really easy to make vegan egg replacer with chia seeds. Just follow the steps below:

1. In a spice grinder (I use an old coffee grinder), finely grind 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.

2. Pour ground chia seeds into 3 tablespoons of water and stir together.

3. Wait 10-15 minutes until the mixture turns into a thick gel. Use to replace 1 egg.

Chia Seed Egg Replacer

You can double, triple, etc. this recipe as needed.


  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. In a spice grinder, finely grind chia seeds.
  2. Combine ground chia seeds with water in a small bowl.
  3. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, until it forms a thick gel. Use to replace 1 egg.

6 Comments on How to Make Egg Replacer with Chia Seeds

  1. Melissa
    January 18, 2014 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much for this! I will be trying it in my homemade bread recipe. Hopefully it will be a winner!
    Melissa recently posted Your Freedom is Forgiveness

    • Stephanie Saunders
      January 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm (8 years ago)

      I hope it works great for you, Melissa! Let me know how your bread turns out.

  2. peggy
    February 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm (8 years ago)

    I did this with the banana bread recipe I use a lot but it came out very heavy and wet. Any ideas?

  3. Jamie
    July 24, 2015 at 8:21 am (7 years ago)

    I saw a website using ground flaxseed instead of ground chia seed. I think it is without http://

  4. Ana Petrovic
    December 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm (5 years ago)

    May I make icing with chia seeds? I need icing for cookies decoration.
    Can I mix this and make like with white eggs?


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